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Telemedicine Bill Gets Full Support in State Senate Committee

January 30, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today unanimously approved legislation that would increase access to telemedicine services in the commonwealth.

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News Release: Telemedicine Legislation Clears Key Committee Vote

January 30, 2018

News Release:  Legislation to put Pennsylvania on track to becoming a telemedicine-friendly state cleared an important vote today. Senate Bill 780, sponsored by State Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), gained unanimous approval from the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

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AHA Report: Regulatory Burdens Cost Hospitals $39 Billion Annually

November 13, 2017

A recent American Hospital Association (AHA) report quantifies the impact of regulatory burden on our nation’s hospitals and post-acute care facilities. The report, Regulatory Overload, details the cost to providers of complying with an ever-changing array of new and existing regulations that don’t improve patient care, but increase the cost of care.

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Report Identifies Opportunities for Providers to Better Meet Consumer Expectations

August 23, 2017

Kaufman Hall’s 2017 State of Consumerism in Healthcare, a compilation of online survey responses from 125 organizations, found that health care providers may not be meeting consumer expectations. As increasing out-of-pockets costs force patients to become more educated about their health care, and more sophisticated as consumers about their choices, providers need to make consumer expectations a higher priority.

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New KPMG/Forbes Study: Health Care Firms are Unprepared for Next Cyber Security Breach

August 04, 2017

A new KPMG and Forbes Insights report found that the health care industry is “elevating cyber security to a strategic imperative but at a pace that lags behind [its] desire to adopt digital technologies to drive innovation.”

The report found that during the past two years, 47 percent of health care “firms have had a HIPPA-related security violation or breach."

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HAP Member Hospitals Recognized for Leveraging Health Information Technology

July 17, 2017

The 19th annual Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks recognizes more than 450 hospitals and health systems across the nation for successfully integrating information technology (IT) into their operations. HAP applauds the achievements of these hospitals and continues to support of the adoption of standards-based electronic health records and health information exchange. 

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Chronic Care Management Legislation Advances in U.S. Senate Finance Committee

May 18, 2017

Today, federal efforts to improve the Medicare program for seniors suffering from chronic conditions advanced in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (or S.870) won unanimous approval from the committee.

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HAP Closely Monitoring Ransomware Attack

May 15, 2017

Since Friday, industries across the globe have been impacted by a large-scale ransomware attack. HAP is in contact with state and federal agencies on this matter and will continue to monitor the situation. HAP’s Emergency Preparedness staff is ready to work with member hospitals to provide prevention and response assistance, should the need arise. 

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Cybersecurity in Health Care Topic for Federal Committee Hearing

April 05, 2017

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations recently held a hearing about cybersecurity in the health care sector and strengthening public-private partnerships. The American Hospital Association (AHA) urged Congress to provide law enforcement and other appropriate agencies with the resources to investigate cyber attacks and proactively prevent them.

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Congressman Costello Named to U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee

January 05, 2017

Congressman Ryan Costello (R, PA-06) was selected to serve on the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee which is vested with broad legislative jurisdiction including health, commerce, energy, environmental, and telecommunications policy. The Committee will play a pivotal role, particularly with respect to reforms to the Medicaid program, as Congress contemplates repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Continue Enrolling in Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Plans

November 29, 2016

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner reminds residents that Open Enrollment for 2017 health insurance coverage available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is underway and encouraged Pennsylvanians to explore options for health insurance coverage through the online federal marketplace.

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HAP Leader Helps Create Hospital Guide to Ensure Health Care Services in Vulnerable Rural, Urban Communities

November 29, 2016

News Release:  A new report issued by the American Hospital Association (AHA) addresses ways in which hospitals can help ensure access to essential health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities. 

Andy Carter, president and chief executive officer of HAP, serves on the 29-person health care leader task force that developed the report.The task force met with policymakers and hospital and community leaders during a 15-month period to identify essential health services, strategies to meet community needs, and barriers to those strategies.

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Heightened Congressional Oversight in Administration Transition

November 21, 2016

With a new administration set to take office in January and Republican control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration are in the process of developing their procedural and policy strategy with respect to health care policy for early next year.

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Philly Area’s Top Patient Safety Initiatives for 2016

November 15, 2016

News Release:  Innovative patient safety efforts from Penn Medicine, Jefferson Health, and Main Line Health were honored at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) of HAP held in November in King of Prussia, PA.

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Research Confirms That Consumers Are Playing a Strong Role in Health Care’s Future

November 07, 2016

The consumer’s role in health care decision-making has changed dramatically during the past several years. The growth in high-deductible health insurance plans that affect out-of-pocket costs is a key driver.

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